Who Claims “Gay Marriage” As Its Poster Child?

“Marriage is a Life-Long Union Between
a Man and a Woman”


The Most Rev. Thomas Wenski is Archbishop of Miami, SunSentinalThose who see “same sex marriage” as progress towards a more “tolerant” society will, with characteristic intolerance, label their opponents as “intolerant,” “bigoted,” “homophobic” and so on. However, to defend marriage as a monogamous union between one man and one woman is not bigotry. Nor are the efforts of those who seek to enshrine in state or federal constitutions the “traditional” understanding of marriage intolerant.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Archbishop Thomas Wenski

In America, we value our privacy and that of others — and so today, most agree that one’s sexual orientation shouldn’t necessarily be anyone else’s business. And even those Americans who hold homosexual activity to be immoral and sinful are increasingly tolerant of homosexuality as a “private” phenomenon. They might invite the person who experiences same sex attractions to conversion and, in place of behavior viewed as sinful, propose chastity — but they do not invoke the coercive power of the state to force such a conversion.

Marriage has been primarily about the raising of children (who seem to be hardwired to be best raised by a father and a mother who are married to each other). The state has had a legitimate interest in favoring such traditional marriages as a way of investing in the future of society. Of course, in recent years, the state has often retreated from vigorously promoting these interests. Sometimes this occurred through legislation (e.g. no-fault divorce laws); sometimes through judicial fiat (e.g. Roe v. Wade).

In our nation’s culture wars, the two sides are fighting about the understanding of man and his relationship to truth and reality. One side — and today, “gay marriage” is its poster child — holds that anyone can essentially create his or her own reality. This side holds for a radical autonomy by which truth is determined not by the nature of things, but by one’s own individual will. The other side holds men and women are not self-creators, but creatures. Truth is not constructed, but received and thus must reflect the reality of things. Or, as the Book of Genesis says: “Male and female, He (God) created them.” (Genesis 1:27).

That marriage is a life-long union between a man and a woman is certainly part of Catholic teaching, which holds it to be a sacrament. However, marriage as an institution predates both church and state. Since it is not a creation of church or state, neither has any authority to change the nature of marriage.

The common good demands that the understanding of marriage as a union between one man and one woman not be lost.

The Most Rev. Thomas Wenski is Archbishop of Miami.

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4 comments to Who Claims “Gay Marriage” As Its Poster Child?

  • fr donald thomas

    I have been very happy reading about the courageous priest newsletters by e-mail and how it has given information on abortions and same sex marriage and jobs and taxes and the good work our priests are doing for others in our community for God.
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  • Betsy Kuennen

    Thank you for standing up for God’s plan for humanity. Many “Catholics” go along with society and water down our wonderful faith. It is encouraging to know that in reality our CATHOLIC faith gives us the TRUTH of God’s commandments.
    Stay faithful!!!

  • Sara Annette

    God created it so HE gets to define it.

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